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APA Certification Exam

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4 reasons to become an APAC-BE


A national certification exam has been long needed in the accessibility profession, as requirements differ widely from state to state. APAC-BEs show their dedication to upholding the standards of accessibility, a commitment to superior professionalism, and an ongoing pursuit of knowledge in the profession. 

  1. Gain professional credibility. The APAC-BE credential provides an objective measurement of capabilities and competencies, proving the professional has the skills to do the job.
  2. Grow knowledge and skills. APAC-BEs, through continuing education, stay up to date with the ever-changing codes and laws. Clients will feel secure with the knowledge that their APAC-BE is staying abreast of the most recently updated industry information and techniques. 
  3. Maintain competitive advantage. The APAC-BE certification sets an accessibility professional apart from their peers, showing a demonstrated commitment to understanding and excelling in the profession, while staying on top of the latest developments in the industry.
  4. Increase earning potential. The time and effort invested in becoming an APAC-BE may result in increased income, as many clients will be willing to pay for a certified professional. An increasing number of companies, nonprofits, and government organizations want (or may even be required) to engage accessibility professionals who have certifications from recognized programs.


Sit for the test at the inaugural administration of the exam at the 2023 APA National Conference and save the cost of the testing fee.

NOTE: Attendance at the conference is not required to sit for the exam. The exam application and conference registration are separate.



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Seating is limited!


Check our APA Certification Program page for more information about eligibility, cost, and more.

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Join us in January for the 2023 APA National Conference

The APA National Conference is your chance to make connections with your peers and learn

from experts in the field of accessibility.



Find out more and register on the 2023 APA National Conference Webpage.

NOTE: Conference registration DOES NOT include registration to sit for the APAC-BE exam.

To take the exam, you need to register separately for the exam and pay the exam fees.






Would you like to be an exhibitor or sponsor at the conference? Find out how



Rocky Mountain Chapter

If you live or work in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, or Wyoming, you should join the APA Rocky Mountain Chapter!


Join us for our next virtual roundtable! This monthly discussion is open to all Rocky Mountain Chapter members and will occur on the third Wednesday of every month, 1:00-2:00 Central.


Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 1:00 Central, noon Mountain - "Assistive technology (visual, audio, microphones, and communication devices)"


Zoom invitations will be emailed to all chapter members. If you're an RMC member and haven't received your invite, please contact Camille North. Contact


Join us!

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Member Spotlight


Dinesh D. Shah


Dinesh D. Shah has over 45 years of experience for commercial, Industrial, and Residential projects. He has been engaged in planning, designing, building, construction management and as accessibility specialist for over one million square feet of ground up and lease space improvements projects for retail centers, office buildings, warehouse, truck-stop & C Store with Gas stations, Bar & Lounge, Banquet Hall, Restaurants, Hotels and Motels, dry cleaning plants, daycare center, and car repair shop in Sugar Land and Greater Houston Area. He has gained diversified experience in Pre-Cast Concrete, Steel, and Aluminum-Glass curtain walls for a single story to over 50 stories. 

In addition to an MBA degree, he is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Civil/Structural, also Approved as PE to Practice Architecture Design and Windstorm Design/Inspection. He holds other licenses and provides services as a Registered Accessibility Specialist (RAS/ADA), Senior Property Tax Consultant, Technical Inspection, ComCheck Calculations, Building Code Compliance, and Real Estate related, under the name of his firm Commercial Property Tax and Technical Services, LLC (CPTTS, LLC). 

Because of his commercial project development knowledge, skills, and qualifications, he has devoted his time and talent for community development. He was a former BOD with AIBD and former President of ASIE. He has received several awards and honors. His writing hobbies include technical articles and poetry.  



ADA and ICC Articles

Check out these articles of interest:

Sign language is about seeing the voices, rather than hearing themby Kimberly Paarlberg - September 2022 newsletter
Outlets in Kitchens and Bathrooms - Plug into the Details, by Kimberly Paarlberg - June 2022 newsletter
Through the roof: Occupied roofs in the 2018 International Building Codeby Kimberly Paarlberg - March 2022 newsletter
Stairway Signage Demystified, by Kimberly Paarlberg - December 2021 newsletter
O Romeo, Romeo! Accessibility Requirements for Balconies, by Kimberly Paarlberg - September 2021 newsletter

Alphabet Soup for Dwelling Units, by Kimberly Paarlberg - June 2021 newsletter


Hire a Professional

 

Complying with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS), and other building accessibility codes and requirements can be a complex and challenging process. A registered accessibility specialist (RAS) or other APA professional can help you smoothly navigate through every phase of your project to achieve accessibility and avoid any costly headaches arising from noncompliance.

Whether it’s a public building or privately owned structure leased or occupied by government agencies, a place of public accommodation, or a commercial facility, an APA member can help with accessibility planning and compliance. 

Search our Hire an Accessibility Specialist for APA specialists.

Mentor Program

Benefit from our Mentor Program as a mentor or a mentee.

Many look to fellow APA members for advice and guidance in the accessibility field. APA’s new mentorship program will further enrich our association’s membership base making our accessibility professionals more qualified leaders, in business and in life. It also strengthens the industry as a whole, by building leadership capabilities that profit the sector’s businesses and educational and government bodies. For new members, this is a great way to gain experience and insight into the profession, build networks, and access practical advice.

The mentorship program will provide individual mentoring sessions throughout the year, and participants will attend quarterly events (virtual for the moment at least). This year's program will conclude at the national conference in 2022 with recognition of all participants.


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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release March 10, 2022


How Do You Gain Recognition as a Knowledgeable Accessibility Consultant? 


A lack of proven knowledge relating to accessibility in the built environment can be costly and detrimental to all involved. Construction errors, varying interpretations, and the lack of consistent application of the various accessibility requirements are problems that occur daily across the country. While Texas and California offer licensure programs for their respective state codes, the need for a National Certification in this area is long overdue. 


Thus, the Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) has partnered with CPS Human Resource Services (CPS) to develop a national Certification Exam for the accessibility professional. In order to develop an accurate description of the job performed by those in this field, we need the assistance of individuals who are familiar with the job to complete an online Job Analysis Questionnaire.


The participation of accessibility professionals in the Job Analysis Questionnaire “is critical for making the Certification Exam as relevant as possible to Accessibility Professionals throughout the country,” notes Jim Terry of Evan Terry Associates, one of the subject matter experts working with APA to develop the certification. The prestigious team, headed by Robin Roberts of ACI Consulting Architects, also includes Gene Boecker of Code Consultants Inc., Bill Botten of the US Access Board, Glenn Dea of Collaborative Access Studio, Kevin Grace of Building One, Sonia Gutierrez of DC Housing and Community Development, Marsha Mazz of the US Spinal Association, Jack McClellan of AE Support Group, Robert Ronson of ADA Assistance, and John Torkelson of theACCESSpartnership, lp.


Please let us know if you are willing to participate, and we will send you the questionnaire link in late March. As an added bonus for completing the questionnaire, your name will be entered into a drawing for one of three $50 Amazon gift cards.


To participate please send your contact information to Camille North or visit the APAC webpage.


P.S. If you have any questions about this questionnaire or the rating process, feel free to contact our CPS partner, Dr. Alan Tomassetti (atomassetti@cpshr.us or 916.471.3421).



About APA

Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) is a group of trained professionals dedicated to accessibility in all aspects of the commercial built environment. According to state and national ADA Standards, APA members make sure that new and remodel commercial construction is in compliance. From plan reviews to final inspection, they ensure that the physical experience is accessible for persons with disabilities in the built environment.


Continuing Education Credit* - APA is a registered provider with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR, #1521), American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES, #G583), and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR, #PVD312) and is a Preferred Provider for the International Code Council (ICC, #1321). APA provides pre-verified ACTCP credits for the ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP). We award an Accessibility Standards Completion Certificate, as well as APA-ADA Specialist, APA-ADA Assembly Specialist and APA-ADA Transient Lodging Specialist Designations when all criteria are met. Members/guests meet the CE/LU requirements of numerous organizations by attending APA training.